Supporting the gas industry since 1863
Date21st November 2017
Time08:45 - 16:45
VenueNo 11 Cavendish Square, London
Price Free (Members) Free (Non-Members)
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Chris Bielby, Chair, Gas Safety Trust

Chris has committed much, if not all of his working career to improving safety and performance within the gas industry and has played a central role in all of the major UK initiatives to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning over the last 40 years.

Chris will be setting the scene for the role and importance of research

Roland Wessling, Advisory Board Member, All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG) and Research Fellow, Cranfield University

Roland acted as one of four scientific advisers to Baroness Finley of Llandaff for her third report into CO and heads the CO+ Science and Technology sub-group of the Carbon Monoxide All Fuels Action Forum. His aim is to reduce the number of CO poisoning victims through both campaigning and research.
Roland will be speaking about the CO+ Impact project which studies the impact of carbon monoxide in homes, boats, caravans, tents and specific working environments. It will also conduct a thorough review of existing research concerning CO+ in the above environments, not only in the UK but also other countries.

Isabella Myers, Independent Consultant on Health, Policy and the Environment

Isabella has over 20 years’ experience on the health effects associated with environmental hazards in indoor and outdoor environments.

As well as being part of the Advisory Board and the All Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group Stakeholder Forum, she is also Chairwoman of its Medical and Healthcare Professionals’ Sub-Group (COMED); a Committee Member of the UK Indoor Environments Group and a member of the British Toxicology Society.

Isabella will be speaking about indoor air quality and will focus on carbon monoxide as an exemplar of problems and signpost work being undertaken.

Dr Clive Shrubsole, Senior Research Associate (Environmental and Healthy Buildings), University College London

Clive has expertise in the monitoring and modelling of airborne pollutants in the indoor and outdoor environment. He has published numerous research papers, is the recipient of three awards and leads an MSc module on indoor air pollution, is associate editor of Indoor and Built Environment, a committee member of the UKIEG and has over 25 years of industrial experience.

Clive will be spaeaking about the factors contributing to low-level carbon monoxide exposure in the English housing stock. The proportion of homes in which there is a significant risk of CO poisoning remains unclear. Reducing risk by addressing CO emission sources, such as poor gas appliance installation, may be achieved by regular servicing, awareness of the dangers of CO, and knowledge of how to use appliances correctly. However, the impacts of modifying factors on exposure, such as housing characteristics, location, the presence of potential CO sources, occupant behaviours (including ventilation and CO-generating activities), are uncertain. Consequently, there remains a major gap in knowledge. This presentation seeks to address these issues.

Abbie Sampson, Director of Stakeholder Relations, Energy UK

Abbie leads the press, public affairs and events teams at Energy UK. She has extensive experience in the private, public and charitable sectors including at the highest level of government, having worked at Downing Street as both a strategic communications adviser and chief press officer.  Previously Abbie led the media team at the consumer group Which?.

Abbie will be speaking about Carbon Monoxide - Be Alarmed! the national campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by carbon monoxide. Since 2008, the campaign has encouraged people to install carbon monoxide alarms in their homes.

Owen Wilson, Networks Safety Manager, Gas Networks Ireland

Owen manages a team of occupational and process safety specialists providing advice, support and assurance functions to the organisation, as well as managing Gas Networks Ireland’s public safety promotion and awareness campaigns.

Owen will be talking about Carbon monoxide awareness in Ireland – The Tommy McAnairey story. Gas Networks Ireland is the natural gas network operator in the Republic of Ireland and, for over 13 years, has been running national multimedia advertising campaigns warning the public of the causes, symptoms, prevention and protection measures for carbon monoxide. 
The latest incarnation of this campaign addresses carbon monoxide safety communication in a unique and memorable way.  The campaign has won multiple national and international awards and has brought about a sea-change in public awareness of key CO safety messages and related behaviours.

Rob Lyon, Campaign Manager, Project SHOUT

Rob has been a key figure in raising awareness about carbon monoxide in the home, and advocating the best way to protect those under your care - whether they’re tenants, family, or those sharing the same accommodation as you - by installing a CO alarm.

Rob will be talking about Project SHOUT. The campaign’s vision is for everyone to be talking about the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning, to be aware of the dangers posed by CO and the importance of regular maintenance on all fuel-burning appliances such as gas cookers, gas grills and boilers. In addition the project encourages people to get their chimneys swept annually and to buy carbon monoxide alarms.

Conference facilitators

Mark Oliver, Director of Business Services, Wales & West Utilities

Mark has more than 30 years' experience in the gas industry including senior management positions in operations, asset management, customer services and commercial functions.

Scott Darroch, Head of Communications, Gas Safe Register

Scott is responsible for the Stakeholder Relations team, public and media relations and is the managing editor of Registered Gas Engineer magazine.  He was on the Advisory Board of the All Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group inquiry in 2015 that resulted in the report Carbon Monoxide: From Awareness to Action launched on 19th January 2015.


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